European researchers have taken a step toward prosthetics with a sense of touch: They created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences in the shape and hardness of different objects, and adjust his grasp in response.
While exports of the fuel to lucrative Asian markets have surged in recent years, the rules for leasing government-owned coal have remained largely unchanged since 1990. That's stirred concerns that companies could be shortchanging taxpayers by buying coal cheaply from the government based on U.S. market prices and then selling it at a premium overseas.
Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday its motorcycle unit in India will invest 11 billion Indian rupees (about 17.8 billion yen) to open a new manufacturing plant in the northwestern part of the country in 2015. The new plant in Ahmedabad in Gujarat state will be the fourth base in India for Honda.
Toyota's profit for the October-December quarter totaled a better-than-expected 525.4 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up dramatically from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales jumped 24 percent to 6.585 trillion yen ($64.2 billion).
Country of original labeling supporters, including consumer groups, environmental groups and some independent farmers, say the requirements give consumers valuable information. But livestock groups and meatpackers say it's costly to have to segregate and track animals along the entire supply chain.
There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.
Employees, family members, trade unionists and sympathizers left the plant in Fuenlabrada and walked 15.5 miles on Sunday to Puerta del Sol square, giving away Pepsi cans and chanting "No to the closures." Coca-Cola Iberian Partners plans to close four of its 11 plants and lay off 1,253 workers.
The announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.
Prince Charles has called people who deny human-made climate change a "headless chicken brigade" who are ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence. The heir to the British throne, a dedicated environmentalist, accused "powerful groups of deniers" of mounting "a barrage of sheer intimidation" against opponents.
Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from an 83-year-old nun awaiting a sentence for sabotage to Obama's State of the Union speech. Also, Toyota may recall cars because the seats might not meet flammability standards, and Snowden says the NSA also spied on industry.
There are gold medals, and there are those of the meteoric kind. Regional officials in the southern Urals are offering gold medalists on Feb. 15 at the Sochi Olympics an extra commemorative medal embedded with a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.
China's troubled robotic moon rover — given voice by a government news agency — melodramatically pondered the meaning of its perhaps-fleeting existence, measured its contribution to humanity and, finally, said goodbye. Then it shut down for the lunar night, which lasts about 14 earth days — its status unclear.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded India's air safety rating over concerns about pilot training and other issues, the agency said Friday. The U.S. will work with Indian aviation authorities "to identify remaining steps necessary to regain category 1 status," the FAA said.
The results are an indictment of the auto industry in India, which lacks adequate safety standards, said David Ward, head of the London car-safety watchdog Global NCAP, which performed the crash tests. India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.
Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) unveiled a study by Bill Kerr, associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Chad Moutray, chief economist for the NAM, finding that unfair competition fueled by stolen software is a significant drain on manufacturing in the U.S. Estimated losses between 2002 and 2012 totaled nearly $240 billion in manufacturing revenue, $70 billion in GDP and 42,220 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
The plaintiffs said that manufacturers — Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — failed to make needed safety improvements to the 4-decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of $1 each, saying the idea is to raise awareness of the problem.
The Japanese automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a bold initiative this week calling on tech giants and Western powers to band together to protect the world from cyber-attacks, vowing to relax export restrictions normally placed on security-related technologies so Israeli cyber-defense companies can sell their expertise around the globe.
A British court has ruled that Chobani, a U.S. brand of yogurt, cannot label its products "Greek" in the U.K. because they are made in America. A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's ruling, siding with Chobani's rival Fage, which sells Greek yogurts under the "Total" brand.
The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products. The agency did not identify the slaughterhouse, other than saying it was in the eastern province of Gelderland.
Sony Semiconductor Corp., a Sony unit, will take over some 80 percent of the about 680 workers as of last Oct. 1 at the Tsuruoka semiconductor plant in Yamagata Prefecture to produce image sensors for smartphones and cameras.
Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.
Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. Max Baucus said he wants to help the U.S. build a more equitable economic relationship with China while encouraging the Asian giant to act responsibly as it emerges as a global power.
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a new car assembly plant in India's western state of Gujarat to supply cars to Maruti Suzuki India Corp., Suzuki's subsidiary in India. Suzuki said it will invest about $488 million for the project, and production is expected to start in 2017.